Australian defence policy must focus on the protection of our nation and creating stability in our region. We also believe Parliament should be involved in any decision to deploy troops to conflict zones. Above all, Australia needs to be self-sufficient in defence resources.
Examples of what needs to be done:
- Defence procurement must be overhauled to acknowledge the economic and strategic benefits of local manufacture.
- Our defence strategy must be based first and foremost on Australia's needs.
- The changes to procurement rules negotiated by the Nick Xenophon Team which came into force on 1 March 2017 are a huge improvement on previous rules and will lead to more local industry content and jobs.